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Water worries come to an end for villagers

Mere Naleba
Friday, December 20, 2013

THE continuous worry for the safety of her great-grandchildren and grandchildren having to walk 30 minutes to get water was put to rest for 82-year-old Saini Naibe of Lomawai Village in Nadroga.

Ms Naibe and many other villagers of Lomawai, as well as Fijian families of Indian descent living in nearby settlements for the last 20 years, were using a borehole as their source of water.

Things changed yesterday after a team from the Water Authority of Fiji commissioned the Lomawai Village water dam that will now supply water to more than 1000 people.

Ms Naibe who has nine children, 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren participated in the celebration of the commissioning of the village water project.

Ms Naibe left her Nadroumai Village in Nadroga to start a family of her own in Lomawai Village where her husband hails from.

WAF CEO Opetaia Ravai said pressing health issues in the Lomawai Village surroundings forced the Water Authority of Fiji to fast track the commissioning of their water project to this year.

Mr Ravai made the comments at the commissioning of the project yesterday.

The $117,000 project was welcomed by many people as they gathered at the village green to witness the water coming out of taps in the village.